Updates and Deadlines

After a wild February, we are in the home stretch.

Please carefully read the invitations for the appropriate State Tournament.   Many of them have deadlines for legislation that are either past due, or rapidly approaching.  Also, if your team needs to appeal to register for the state tournament, that time is coming soon.

The National Forensic League Qualifier tournament is coming soon.  It is critical that you carefully read the invitation.  There are procedures that we have to follow, and deadlines that are different from any other tournament.  If you don’t follow them, your students might not get to compete for the right to go to the National Tournament.  The deadline to submit Congressional Debate Legislation is next week.

Once we are past the State Tournaments, it will be time to start thinking about next year.  We will need sanctioning forms for the 2012-2013 season to be turned in by April 1 so that we can craft a calendar at the last AIA meeting of the year.  More details to come.

Updates and a Free Workshop!

After a great ASU tournament, it is time to gear up for the rest of the Spring semester.  All of our tournament invitations are available on www.joyoftournaments.com/az.

In addition, the Southwest Speech and Debate Institute will host a day of free workshops on February 11, at the ASU Barrett Honors College.  These workshops are intended for people attending the Harvard and Berkeley tournaments, as well as to prepare people for the State and NFL Qualifier later in the semester.  The invitation and the registration instructions are available on Joy of Tournaments.  Come one, come all.  This is a great opportunity to get prepared for the rest of the season, and you can’t beat the price.

Thank You All!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s FLA Winter Trophy Tournaments so successful.  Results should be up on Joy of Tournaments shortly.  Now, please make sure that all of your invoices are submitted so that the FLA can be paid.

Coming up, we have a full semester of competition ahead of us.  Check the schedule here, and make sure to read all of the tournament invitations at www.joyoftournaments.com/az.  Each tournament has specific deadlines.  The ASU tournament in particular has some specific deadlines coming up in the next few weeks.

The National Forensic League Qualifier tournament, currently scheduled for 3/29-31/2012, needs a home.  If you believe that your school or site could host this important event, contact Meg Howell at mmhowell@mpsaz.org.

Finally, it is time to choose the next Policy Debate topic.  The National Federation of High Schools has put out the final ballot and Arizona gets a vote.  Please e-mail your choice to me at berlat@phoenixunion.org no later than Friday, December 9.  One vote per school.  The topic choices are:

 Infrastructure Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States.


 Immigration Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its legal protection of economic migrants in the United States.

Updates and Reminders

What a semester so far! There are a few important things coming up. If you haven’t checked out the ASU Southwest Championship invitation, do so. They have a discount on school base fees if you get your payment (or purchase order) in by December first. In addition, the FLA Winter Trophy tournaments are coming up fast. Make sure you have paid your FLA dues. All tournament information can be found on the Joy of Tournaments site.

Monday Morning Updates!

The Mountain View Toro Country Classic invitation is up and ready for registration.  The Classic is on November 4-5 and will feature NIETOC bids, as well as a Congressional Debate Supersession. 

The Glendale Community College tournament is this weekend.  Make sure to read the invitation if you are planning on going.  This tournament is a bit different from what we are used to.

The DV Desert Sun Invitational is in a few weeks, and will feature debate TOC bids. 

Results have been posted for the Southwest Speech and Debate Institute Tournament.  Make sure to get those points entered into NFL to get your team started on the right foot this year.


Calendar Updates!

The Glendale Community College tournament registration is open and ready to go.  You can find it at: http://www.joyoftournaments.com/az/gcc/info.asp.  Also, the first AIA State Speech and Debate Advisory Committee meeting of the year is on September 28th.  Send any potential agenda items to Kevin Berlat.  Don’t forget about the SWSDI Tournament this weekend.  If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so at: http://www.joyoftournaments.com/az/brophy/info.asp.  The season is here!

Thank you for a wonderful weekend!

Thank you to everyone who attended the FLA Convention and Tournament last weekend.  It was wonderful to see so many new faces and so many students already preparing for the season.  Minutes will be posted when Kevin returns from the NFHS meetings in Indianapolis.  If you didn’t fill out a survey at the tournament, send your thoughts to Susan Seep.

Tournament Invitations are up!

The first Invitations for the 2011/2012 year are posted.  The Coaches Convention and Practice Tournament will be held on September 17.  The Southwest Speech and Debate Institute Tournament will be held on September 23-24.  The Desert Sun Invitational at Desert Vista will be held on October 14-15.  Make sure to read the tournament invitations carefully.  The Desert Sun Invitational has changed to a Debate/Congress only tournament.

All of the invitations can be found on www.joyoftournaments.com/az.

FLA Coaches Convention 2011

Dear coaches:

It is that time again.  The website for the 2011 Forensic League of Arizona Coaches Convention is live.  The convention will be held on Saturday, September 17th at Horizon High School.  The website for the convention can be found at www.joyoftournaments.com/az/convention.  Register for the convention, check out the proposals we need to debate and discuss, and provide your directory information. 

In addition, we will hold a practice tournament for any students who want to get a few rounds of competition under their belt.  The tournament can be found at www.joyoftournaments.com/az/convention-cd.   

See you there!